The myths abound.
Supposedly, if you eat less chocolate, lower your sugar intake, and eat more fruits and vegetables, you’ll have less acne.
Well, maybe that’s true (1).
In any case, your genetic makeup has a big impact on how many pimples you have.
Your hormones also make a difference.
Those two things are out of your control.
You can eat all the asparagus and watermelon you want, and it won’t make a difference. If your hormones are surging or acne runs in your family, you’re in trouble.
So is there anything you can do about it? Besides prescription meds?
Yes, thankfully, three simple things will help you wake up with fewer pimples. We’ll start with the way you cleanse your skin and moisturize it to reduce breakouts.
The way you wash your face matters
Have you ever skipped washing your face when you’re in a hurry?
Left on makeup?
As for me, I touch my face a lot when I’m nervous.
All these habits lead to pimples forming. The oil and the dirt clog the pores, and the acne bacteria thrives.
Pretty soon, we’ve got painful, unsightly zits popping up.
The best defense is to cleanse your face morning and night without fail.
And the premier weapon against acne is salicylic acid face wash.
The salicylic acid dissolves the oil and calms inflammation.
If you’re allergic to aspirin or have very sensitive skin, try cleansers with glycolic or lactic acid instead.
Use lukewarm or cool water, never hot or cold.
First, let the lather sit on your face for a little while before you rinse thoroughly. Then pat dry, don’t rub.
Feel free to use a washcloth, silicone scrub brush, or a motorized brush if your skin can tolerate it.
Like I said, cleanse morning and night. The nighttime wash is the most important if you have to choose.
Then, it’s time to apply moisturizer.
How you moisturize is crucial
Once your skin is clean, you need to moisturize it.
Let me emphasize that one more time. Moisturize.
I will explain why.
Dry skin is prone to infection. It doesn’t have a strong barrier against pollutants, germs, etc.
Also, when your skin is too dry, sebum production goes into overdrive to compensate.
You’re likely to end up even oilier.
I know some people skip the lotion because they’re afraid to make their skin greasier.
The oiliest skin in the world can benefit from the right moisturizer. You don’t need a heavy-duty product.
Acne night cream is lightweight and it won’t clog pores.
It battles the bacteria and dissolves the clogs.
It helps the skin repair itself.
A few minutes after you apply it, you’ll forget you have it on. It will make your skin softer and more comfortable, too.
Sleep is the final key
The way you sleep is the third way you can conquer acne.
Now that your skin is clean and hydrated, it’s time to consider your bed.
How long is it been since you changed the sheets? What about that pillowcase?
If you’re struggling with breakouts, you need to change everything at least once a week.
Getting rid of the bacteria and oil right by your face will help your skin stay clear.
Also, try different fabrics.
Some people find that silk pillowcases are beneficial to their skin and hair.
Next, I know you’re busy. We all are.
But sleep is the time that your body repairs itself.
If you’re not getting enough sleep, your skin isn’t healing as it could.
Just as bad, being tired makes life more stressful, which leads to bad habits like picking your pimples and eating poorly.
You get the idea.
If you want to wake up with healthier skin, you need to sleep.
The 30-day challenge
There you have it: the three things you can do to reduce acne.
But how long will it take?
I recommend that you give it a month to see results. Take a before picture to remind yourself what life was like before you knew the facts.
On the first day, switch to a salicylic acid cleanser and apply acne moisturizer. Repeat that every day for thirty days straight.
During that time, change your sheets and pillowcase weekly.
Plus, get enough sleep to feel rested in the morning.
I promise that you’re going to look and feel better by the time that month is over.
1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2836431/ by Apostolos Pappas, published Fall 2009, accessed February 5, 2020